Extinction

by Arran James

If extinction looms over us as a vital material possibility or, as is becoming more and more apparent, as an approaching likelihood then this brings with it a more immediate threat. Pseudo-anarchists known as Primitivists (cf. John Zerzan) have long attempted to ground their paleolithic Romanticism on the terms of ecological collapse, and have seen a kind of forced industrial collapse as the great act of exodus from this world we must leave. It should come as no great leap of the imagination to see a Primitivism based on the threat of human extinction. More than this, we ought to anticipate that there are others who will be discussing extinction…others who might want to harness it to less than desirable means. The forces of sovereignty, of the state-form and the police, will also have their eyes on the catastrophic horizon. Our extinction should not be seen as simply a material fact; it is also a political field with multiple points of occupation. This is another reason why we ought to consider the self-management of extinction as a live political question.  What politics might the thought of extinction produce?

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